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Inspired by previous comments and discussion.


First I laid down an absorbent cloth and securely set her in place.

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Then I lubed her up.

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Then I stuck it to her.

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https://youtu.be/_nP5xDYs6dM


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Wed May 20, 2020 11:19 am
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Did she squeal when you tapped her, or did you use enough lube? :bigsmile:

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Wed May 20, 2020 11:26 am
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Are you using a tap handle? Spring loaded tap guide in a press or chuck?


Wed May 20, 2020 11:41 am
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Bold move running that tap in with a drill motor.


Wed May 20, 2020 12:01 pm
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Arisaka wrote:
Bold move running that tap in with a drill motor.



Not the first time a motor was needed to get the job done...

Just sayin...

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Arisaka wrote:
Bold move running that tap in with a drill motor.


Lol, that’s what I thought too ... but watch the video, it doesn’t look like it.

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Dana is probably more careful with the drill motor, and has never snapped a tap off in a hole. I have, and don’t want to repeat the experience.


Wed May 20, 2020 12:28 pm
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Just a regular made in CHI-NA hand tool available from McClendon’s

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However, when it comes time to finish up an 870 project, I will use the mini mill but, not under motor power. I’m not that bold.

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dreadi wrote:
Just a regular made in CHI-NA hand tool available from McClendon’s

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However, when it comes time to finish up an 870 project, I will use the mini mill but, not under motor power. I’m not that bold.


I asked because even with a tap handle, it can be hard to make sure it starts straight. They make spring loaded tap centers that will keep that tap handle straight when it starts. Tapping under power isn't as scary as it sounds. Just need a bit of practice. The tap center would be a big help for you though.

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Good job there, some things are best to do with a slow and steady hand. :thumbsup2:

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You can also use a drill press without turning it on. Just turn the check by hand

Keeps the tap square


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dreadi wrote:
Just a regular made in CHI-NA hand tool available from McClendon’s

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However, when it comes time to finish up an 870 project, I will use the mini mill but, not under motor power. I’m not that bold.


Ugh.
Chinese taps.

Tried using a Harbor Freight special in my 88 Suburban to fix a stripped out seat bolt hole.
They are very hard, but very brittle.
When they break off, you can't drill them out. Too hard.
Had to drill and thread another hole with a better tap.

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dreadi wrote:
Just a regular made in CHI-NA hand tool available from McClendon’s

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However, when it comes time to finish up an 870 project, I will use the mini mill but, not under motor power. I’m not that bold.


I asked because even with a tap handle, it can be hard to make sure it starts straight. They make spring loaded tap centers that will keep that tap handle straight when it starts. Tapping under power isn't as scary as it sounds. Just need a bit of practice. The tap center would be a big help for you though.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005317ZMC/re ... XEb7DKZRBW
That goes in the mill right?




If this was needing to be a precise cut, I would have done it all at the mill but, it just needed threads and it’s just a gas block. The customer was going to toss it but, I told him it’s worth the work as those gas blocks are $50 and it wouldn’t cost him anything for me to rethread the hole since I had to drill the bit and set screw out to remove it and perform his requested services.

So five bucks and few minutes of my time leads to him coming back with more work tomorrow.

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Wed May 20, 2020 10:51 pm
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Yes. Throw the tap guide jn your drill chuck/collet. Tap goes into that tap handle, or standard tap handle. Some taps over say .375 or so may have a dimple in the tap itself. Center tap and handle as best you can, bring down guide letting tip center in the handle or tap. Bring it down so the spring is collapsed enough to keep tension on it. Turn tap handle. Straight threads!


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